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Old 06-05-03, 01:30 PM
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From newegg... Sooooooo, what do you guys think? I'm currently running a Dell 700mhz Pentium 3 with 256meg RAM.
I'm going to use my old drives, sound and video cards, etc.

184-Pin, CAS2.5-Unbuffered 64x64. Requires DDR supported
N82E16820145407 $58.00 (2) $116.00

Asus Motherboard for AMD Athlon/XP/Duron Processors, Model# A7N8X Deluxe Retail
Socket A AMD Athlon/XP/Duron (support AMD XP3000 "Barton")
Chipset: NVIDIA nForce2 SPP, nForce2 MCP-T
FSB: 400/333/266MHz
IDE: 2 x ATA133
RAM: 3x 184-pin DIMM Sockets (PC3200/PC2700/PC2100 non-ECC DDR)
Slots: 1x AGP (Pro/8X), 5x PCI
Ports: 6x USB2.0
Onboard Silicon Image Sil 3112A Controller w/ 2 ports
NVIDIA SoundStorm Audio Processor Unit with Dolby
MCP integrated 3Com MAC + Broadcom AC101L PHY LAN
Firewire 1394: 2 Ports MCP-T integrated IEEE 1394a + Realtek PHY 8801B $125.99

CPU: 2.08 GHz
Type: XP 2600 Thoroughbred
Cache: 256K
BUS: 333MHz
Socket A
Retail Box (Includes Heat Sink and Fan)

N82E16819103350 $105.00

Subtotal $346.99
Old 06-05-03, 01:34 PM
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Check out Corsair CAS2 (XMS?) RAM. And maybe the price on PC3200 instead of PC2700. You might find just a small difference in price for faster and more overclockable memory.

Does the A7N8X benefit from two sticks of RAM instead of one? You might want to check into that too since the motherboard supports dual channel. Here's a good site for that kind of info - http://www.amdforums.com/forumdisplay.php?forumid=8.


I would also check out the prices at googlegear.com since I bought a few similar components a while ago and found them cheaper than newegg.com, especially when factoring in shipping.
Old 06-05-03, 01:46 PM
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At googlegear I found this:

Asus A7N8X Deluxe nforce2 Athlon(XP)/Duron SktA DDR ATX Motherboard w/Audio, LAN, RAID/Serial ATA Retail and Vantec Round Cable Bundle $128.99

Corsair VS512MB400 512MB DDR400 PC3200 Memory Retail $76.00 each (ordering 2)

AMD Athlon XP 2600+ 2.08GHz 333FSB Processor $100.00

Total > $ 380.99 with free 2nd day shipping.
Old 06-05-03, 02:01 PM
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Looks like the big difference is that RAM. Did you price it at newegg too?
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The Corsair VS512MB400 512MB DDR400 PC3200 Memory is the same price at newegg as googlegear. Shipping at newegg is free 2nd day so I may go with them if everyone thinks this would be a good upgrade from my Dell.
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I just recommended almost that exact same combo a few days ago, so yeah, I think that would be a great choice. You may want to make sure that the motherboard you get is a rev 2.0. Asus just revved the board to fully support 200MHz FSB. Some older rev boards might still be in the channel.

Are you going to be buying a new case/power supply also or are you going to try to reuse your current Dell case?
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I have an old full size ATX case with a 400watt PS. Plan to use that case, but the drives, and monitor from my Dell.
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Im also looking for a good motherboard/CPU and Im definitely looking to get the best deal for my money, but not trying to cheap out. Ive put together computers before, but one thing I havent done is put a processor on the motherboard, and Id definitely like to get motherboard with the processor already installed.
Also, is there a good compatibility site around? I also want to verify that all the parts I plan to buy will work well together.
Old 06-25-03, 03:13 PM
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Well after a LOT of reading reviews, this is what I got:

ASUS A7V8X-X Mother Board

AMD Athlon XP 1700+ CPU / 1.47GHz

Apacer 512MB DDR PC2700 RAM

GAINWARD/CARDEXPERT GeForce 3 Ti200 128MB (NVIDIA GeForce3 Ti 200 GPU), Power Pack Golden Sample, ( 4ns 128MB DDR. ).

Fortron FSP350-60BN 350W P4/AMD Ready Power Supply

VANTEC AeroFlow VA4-C7040 cpu cooler with Arctic Silver's NEW Premium High-Density Thermal Compound

Use my old hard drive, CD drives, and an old ATX case I found, painted and modded.

This new system screams! I'm having fun with Unreal II. And to think 4 years ago I paid over $3,000 for my Dell 700mhz.

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